Amazon hat eine große Veränderung vorgenommen — und hat mich gezwungen, mein Prime-Abo zu kündigen

Endlich habe ich mich überwunden, meine Amazon-Prime-Mitgliedschaft zu kündigen. Seit langer Zeit habe ich darüber nachgedacht, ob ich den Service beenden sollte, weil er mit Sicherheit die 10,99 US-Dollar nicht jeden Monat wert ist. Während die meisten Leute die schnelle Lieferzeit feiern, bin ich eine (nervige) Person, die häufig Pakete tagelang im Posteingang des Büros liegen lässt. Ich verstehe oder benutze weder Prime Music noch Prime Photos und besitze keinen Kindle. Als ich mich für Prime anmeldete, war mein Beweggrund dafür ein kostenloser Testmonat. Dann blieb ich dabei, in der Hoffnung zukünftig einige neue Services zu nutzen. Abo bei Amazon nur wegen bestimmter Serien Prime Now schien für mich eine… Read More

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Don’t be fooled: AI-powered tech still needs to prove its intelligence

If you were to wander through the halls at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) this year, chances are that one of the phrases you will have heard most often is artificial intelligence (AI). AI is, it appears, this year’s IoT or Cloud. The hot buzzword that every company wants to associate itself with. Welcome to the inaccurate age of AI The term has been plastered on marketing material for hundreds of disparate gadgets: Samsung’s massive 8K TVs apparently use AI to upscale lower resolution images for the big screen. Sony has created a new version of the Aibo robot dog, which this time promises more artificial intelligence. Travelmate’s robot… Read More

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Reaching rural America with broadband internet service

(Credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) All across the U.S., rural communities’ residents are being left out of modern society and the 21st century economy. I’ve traveled to Kansas, Maine, Texas and other states studying internet access and use — and I hear all the time from people with a crucial need still unmet. Rural Americans want faster, cheaper internet like their city-dwelling compatriots have, letting them work remotely and use online services, to access shopping, news, information and government data. With an upcoming Federal Communications Commission vote on whether cellphone data speeds are fast enough for work, entertainment and other online activities, Americans face a choice: Is modest-speed internet appropriate for… Read More

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Does Bitcoin have a future?

(Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart) Is the bitcoin craze another in a series of history’s most infamous bubbles, or is it a genuine harbinger of a new global financial architecture? In spite of recent market turbulence, its champions see bitcoin (and its cryptocurrency peers) as an ideal market-generated solution as questions arise about the future viability of paper currencies in a global economy characterized by sky-high indebtedness and bloated government/central bank balance sheets. The enthusiasts behind cryptocurrencies produce debt clocks that relentlessly tick over to get us to believe that a Weimar–style hyperinflation is imminent. By creating an alternative store of value outside the control of easy-money-peddling central banks, and their corrupt… Read More

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